“And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living in the field, watching  over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord!

And this will be a sign for you:  a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven , praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.  So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them. But Mary was keeping within herself all these things, weighing and pondering them in her heart.”

This is what Christmas really is, isn’t it? The first cry of a newborn baby shattering the night’s darkness. The warmth and earthiness of oxen and sheep, and the brilliance of an angel army. Shepherds, leaving their familiar fields and seeking Hope. A young Jewish girl pondering these great wonders deep within her heart. And the reality that this Savior of the world lives within me, and within you, if only we choose to accept His love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours,